Arsenal playmaker Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to complete a loan move to the top Italian side AS Roma. The 24-year-old England international will travel to Italy for a medical after the Gunners agreed with the Serie A side, managed by Jose Mourinho. Maitland-Niles has made 11 appearances this season for Arsenal but has only started two Premier League games.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Set to Link up with AS Roma
In August, the player spoke about his frustration with playing time at Arsenal. Everton was hopeful of signing him during the summer transfer window after spending the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, but Arsenal did not want him to leave the Emirates. He said on social media: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.”
A move to the top Italian side AS Roma would mean he joins former Arsenal team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. Also, Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is set for a loan move to Championship side Middlesbrough. This season, the 20-year-old academy graduate has made just four first-team appearances and scored twice in five first-team games last term.